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Douglas Boston Havoc A-20 A20 P-70 Nighthawk

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Douglas Boston Mk. III, RAF No. 88 Squadron, c1944

The Douglas A-20 Havoc (company designation DB-7) is an American medium bomber, attack aircraft, night intruder, night fighter, and reconnaissance aircraft of World War II. Designed to meet an Army Air Corps requirement for a bomber, it was ordered by France for their air force before the USAAC decided it would also meet their requirements. French DB-7s were the first to see combat; after the fall of France the bomber, under the service name Boston continued with the Royal Air Force. From 1941, night fighter and intruder versions were given the service name Havoc. In 1942 USAAF A-20s saw combat in North Africa.

In most British Commonwealth air forces, the bomber variants were known as Boston, while the night fighter and intruder variants were named Havoc. The exception was the Royal Australian Air Force, which used the name Boston for all variants. In March 1936, a design team headed by Donald Douglas, Jack Northrop, and Ed Heinemann produced a proposal for a bomber-reconnaissance aircraft powered by a pair of 450 hp (340 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior radial engines mounted on a shoulder wing. It was estimated to be capable of 250 mph (400 km/h) with a 680 lb (310 kg) bomb load. Reports of aircraft performance from the Spanish Civil War indicated that this design would be seriously underpowered, and it was canceled.

A-20A In 1937, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) issued a new specification for an attack aircraft. To meet this requirement, the Douglas team, now headed by Heinemann, developed the Model 7B, with a similar layout to the 7A, but was powered by 1,100 hp (820 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S3C3-G Twin Wasp engines, and carried a heavier bombload (up to 2,000 lb (910 kg)). It faced competition from the North American NA-40, Stearman X-100, Martin 167F, and an unbuilt design from Bell Aircraft, the Model 9. The Air Corps invited all five companies to build prototypes at their own expense and to submit sealed bids for production of their aircraft.

The prototype Model 7B made its first flight on 26 October 1938. The model attracted the attention of a French Purchasing Commission visiting the United States. The French discreetly participated in the flight trials, so as not to attract criticism from American isolationists. The Model 7B crashed on 23 January 1939 while demonstrating single-engine performance, killing the test pilot and seriously injuring a French observer aboard the aircraft. The presence of a foreigner on a test flight for an aircraft still under development caused a scandal in the press. Despite the crash, the French were impressed enough to place an order for 100 production aircraft on 15 February 1939, following this up with an order for 170 more in October 1939.

As a result of the French order, Heinemann carried out another major redesign of the aircraft. While the design's wings were largely unchanged, the revised design had a new deeper but narrower fuselage, which accommodated a crew of three, a pilot, bombardier and a gunner. The wing was mounted lower than on the Model 7B, while the engines, 1,000 hp (750 kW) R-1830-SC3-Gs, were mounted in nacelles slung under the wings. Normal bomb load was 1,410 lb (640 kg), or 1,800 lb (800 kg) in overload conditions, with a defensive armament of single 7.5mm MAC 1934 machine guns in dorsal and ventral mounts and four fixed forward-firing guns in the nose. The revised aircraft, the DB-7, first flew on 17 August 1939.

In 1939, the USAAC decided that the new bomber was best placed to meet its requirements for an attack bomber, which had been updated in 1938 from those that gave rise to the Model 7B, and in June 1939, it ordered 186 aircraft powered by Wright R-2600 engines, under the designations A-20 and A-20A (with the A-20s having 1,700 hp (1,300 kW) turbosupercharged R-2600-7 engines and the A-20As having 1,600 hp (1,200 kW) supercharged R-2600-3 or -11 engines. These had a larger vertical tail to cope with the increased power of the Wright engines, had a longer nose to give more room for the bombardier/navigator, and carried more fuel. R-2600 powered aircraft also proved popular for export, with France ordering 100 DB-7As powered by the R-2600 but with the short nose of the DB-7 in October 1939, and 480 long-nosed DB-73s, equivalent to the A-20A, in April 1940 and Great Britain ordering 300 DB-7Bs, again equivalent to the A-20A in February and April 1940.

In a report to the British Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (AAEE) at RAF Boscombe Down, test pilots summed it up as: "has no vices and is very easy to take off and land ... The aeroplane represents a definite advantage in the design of flying controls ... extremely pleasant to fly and manoeuvre." Ex-pilots often consider it their favorite aircraft of the war due to the ability to toss it around like a fighter. The Douglas bomber/night fighter was found to be extremely adaptable and found a role in every combat theater of the war, and excelled as a true "pilot's aeroplane".

When DB-7 series production finally ended on 20 September 1944, a total of 7,098 had been built by Douglas and a further 380 by Boeing. Douglas redesigned its Santa Monica plant to create a mechanized production line to produce A-20 Havocs. The assembly line was over a mile long (6,100 feet), but by looping back and forth, fitted into a building that was only 700 feet long. Man-hours were reduced by 70% for some operations while production tripled. October of 1940, the USAAC adopted converted Douglas A-20 Havocs as P-70 night fighters. The RCAF acquired three Douglas A-20 Bostons for "special" research operations at Suffield, Alberta, from 1941 to 1946.

No. 418 "City of Edmonton" (Intruder) Squadron, RCAF, was formed overseas at Debden, Essex, England on 15 Nov 1941. It was the RCAF's only Intruder squadron and flew the Douglas Boston and de Havilland Mosquito on day and night-intruder operations deep into enemy territory. No. 418 (Intruder) Squadron claimed 178 enemy aircraft and 79-1/2 V-1 flying bombs destroyed, making it the top-scoring unit of the RCAF. The leading individual score was Squadron Leader Russell Bannock, with 11 aircraft and 18-1/2 V-1s. He was also the squadron's CO from 10 Oct - 22 Nov 1944. Wikipedia and Harold A Skaarup web page

On 21 Nov, No. 418 (Intruder) Squadron was transferred to close support work with the Second Tactical Air Force in the Low Countries. The squadron was disbanded at Volkel, in the Netherlands on 7 Sep 1945.

No. 418 (Intruder) Squadron Douglas Boston Mk. III, were flown from Nov 1941 to Jul 1943.

YouTube Douglas A-20 Havoc

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (3), Canadian Aircraft Losses (72)
last update: 2023-01-23 20:05:10

Boston AH452

s/n
 AH452

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1451

Converted after delivery to Havoc II last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-30 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Clinton Melville Chute 2024-02-21

Boston AL286

s/n
 AL286
m/d
 DB‑7B
c/n
 2153

Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-25 KIA RAF Sergeant Stanley George Richardson 2021-05-22

Boston AL492

s/n
 AL492
m/d
 DB‑7B
c/n
 2873

Known Squadron Assignments: ;18

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Neil Bain 2023-07-21
1943-June-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Peter Opruk 2021-08-18
1943-June-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer David Robert Lambie Wilson 2021-07-07

Boston AL672

s/n
 AL672
m/d
 DB‑7B
c/n
 3604

Known Squadron Assignments:

Taken on strength by No. 4 Training Command. Used for trials at research facility at Suffield, Alberta. Probably smoke laying trials, or other chemical spraying. Returned to British Aircraft Comission in New York, via Ottawa. Reported with USAAF by September 1942, possibly earlier. In operational use with the 15th Bombardment Squadron in the UK in July 1942. This was one of the first US operational bomber squadrons in the UK, and initially used Bostons received from the RAF. Later reported serving as a staff transport with 8th Air Force Headquarters in the UK, and with the 20th Fighter Group. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1941-October-25 Loan From Other Air Force received from RAF on loan 2019-08-20
   1941-October-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1942-February-21 Struck off Strength struck off, returned to RAF 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 517

Boston AL677

s/n
 AL677

Known Squadron Assignments: ;226

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-04 PoW USAAF Lieutenant M D Draper 2023-08-21

Boston AL690

s/n
 AL690

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Wayne Ganes 2021-08-07

Boston AL692

s/n
 AL692

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-19 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Carl Adrian Beach 2023-08-06

Boston AL703

s/n
 AL703

Known Squadron Assignments: ;114

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Fearn 2022-08-07

Boston AL715

s/n
 AL715

Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Lloyd Douglas Bowman 2023-08-26
1942-June-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alan Arthur Margrett 2021-08-14

Boston AL736

s/n
 AL736

Known Squadron Assignments: ;226

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert James Corrigan 2024-04-23

Boston AL737

s/n
 AL737

Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Harold Eric Wilson 2021-07-07

Boston AL742

s/n
 AL742

Known Squadron Assignments: ;18

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Patrick Custance 2022-06-13
1943-August-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Donald Frank Newcombe 2021-08-17

Boston AL746

s/n
 AL746

Known Squadron Assignments: ;226

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-27 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Victor Nelson Salmon 2021-08-04

Boston AL747

s/n
 AL747

Known Squadron Assignments: ;18

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-18 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Henry Halliday 2021-08-09
1943-July-18 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Glen Edwin Rozell 2021-08-06

Boston AL750

s/n
 AL750

Known Squadron Assignments: ;307

Converteds to Havoc Mk. II, with Turbinlite. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gordon John Rankmore 2021-08-11

Boston AL751

s/n
 AL751

Known Squadron Assignments: ;18

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-08 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Frederick Enman 2023-07-22

Boston AL765

s/n
 AL765

Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Robert Collins 2024-04-29
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Anderson Russell 2022-05-23

Boston AL766

s/n
 AL766

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Failed to return from mission to Nantes on 12/13 February 1943, at least one fatality. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Peter John Leboldus 2023-10-24

Boston BD124

s/n
 BD124

Known Squadron Assignments: ;23

Converted to Havoc in UK. last update: 2024-February-19
1941-November-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Drummond Edward Chapman 2024-01-30
1941-November-07 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Raymond Sullivan 2022-04-24

Boston BJ485

s/n
 BJ485

Known Squadron Assignments: ;23

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-July-09 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant Donald Clinton Graham 2022-04-24

Boston BZ224

s/n
 BZ224

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alan Joseph Fairfield Hay 2021-08-09

Boston BZ228

s/n
 BZ228

Known Squadron Assignments: ;114

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thaddeus John Bernard Zadworny 2021-10-02

Boston BZ272

s/n
 BZ272

Known Squadron Assignments: ;45

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-22 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer John Eveleyn Wreford Birkett 2023-02-08
1943-June-22 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Walter Jesse Thurlow 2023-02-16

Boston BZ279

s/n
 BZ279

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-15 KIA RCAF Wing Commander Arthur Brian Wheeler DFC 2021-10-02

Boston BZ288

s/n
 BZ288

Known Squadron Assignments: ;13

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-30 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Alexander Scott Gillies 2021-09-25

Boston BZ289

s/n
 BZ289

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-16 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Harry Leo Bradden 2023-12-17

Boston BZ330

s/n
 BZ330

Known Squadron Assignments: ;114

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Floyd Phillips 2021-08-14

Boston BZ351

s/n
 BZ351

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-16 KIA RAF Squadron Leader Gordon Ernest Hawkins MiD 2023-12-17

Boston BZ382

s/n
 BZ382

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-13 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader George Peter Vickers DFC 2023-10-04

Boston BZ383

s/n
 BZ383
as/n
 42-33184
m/d
 DB‑78

Known Squadron Assignments:

RCAF Detachment Suffield Alberta Canada

Ex USAAF A-20C-5-DO Havoc, serial number 42-33184.

To RAF and diverted to RCAF as BZ 383 Severely damaged after a bomb filled with toxic gas dropped out of the bomb bay and exploded after shutting down at Suffield Alberta on 15 April 1944. The aircraft was reduced to spares and written off. (N.B. The Crash Card listed the serial as 233184.)

last update: 2024-March-26
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1943-April-16 Accept from other Air Force received from RAF 2019-08-20
   1943-April-16 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-April-15 Accident: RCAF DET SUFFIELD, ALTA Loc: Suffield Names: Anderson | Boismeir | Caron | Carriere | Carter | Dahms | Elliott | Fallis | Hudson | Lemire | Lucas | McConnell | Molland | Morrison | Oates | Oreilly | Williamson
   1944-November-27 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 531

Boston BZ385

s/n
 BZ385
as/n
 42-33186
m/d
 DB‑7B

Known Squadron Assignments:

42-33186 to RAF as Boston IIIA BZ385. Spun into ground after takeoff from Goose Bay, Canada Mar 10, 1943. from Joe Baugher

last update: 2024-February-19

Ferry Flight 1943-03-10 to 1943-03-10

45 (Ferry) Group (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

45 Group RAF Transport Command, Dorval, Quebec. Boston IIIa aircraft BZ385 lost out of Goose Bay, Labrador on a trans-Atlantic ferry flight to the UK. Twelve minutes after take-off, an engine malfunction caused the pilot to attempt to return to the aerodrome. The aircraft stalled in the turn and crashed at Goose Bay with the loss of the three crew members

Canadian civilian Radio Officer A Befus, Navigator, Pilot Officer A S Campbell (RAAF) and American civilian Pilot K W Quayle were all killed in this flying accident

Ocean bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie, page 318

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database}...


1943-March-10 KIFA RAF Civilian Radio Officer Albert Befus 2024-02-08
1943-March-10 KIFA RAAF Flying Officer Andrew Seton Campbell 2024-02-08
1943-March-10 KIFA RAF Civilian Pilot (Captain) Kenneth Wallace Quayle 2024-02-08

Boston BZ410

s/n
 BZ410
m/d
 DB‑7B

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF A-20C-5-DO Havoc, serial number 42-9867 (need to confirm this). Used at Suffield, Alberta for various trials, crashed while there on 24 August 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-June-02 Accept from other Air Force received from RAF 2019-08-20
   1944-June-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1945-August-24 Accident: RCAF DET SUFFIELD, ALTA Loc: Aerodrome Names: Hollingshed | Miller | Symes
   1945-October-27 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 531

Boston BZ416

s/n
 BZ416

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Boulogne France 1944-09-09 to 1944-09-09

88 (B) Sqn (RAF) Vitry-en-Artois
Target - gun emplacements at Boulogne, France. Boston aircraft BZ 416 fell out of formation and was last seen at 3,000 feet in an inverted position and diving through cloud cover. F/O M. Emsig and Sgt C.F. Adair were also killed. One Canadian, Sgt King, evaded.

1944-September-09 KIA RCAF Sergeant Charles Franklin Adair 2023-12-15
1944-September-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert James Calford 2023-12-15
1944-September-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Mervyn Emsig 2023-12-15
1944-September-09 Evader RCAF Sergeant Frank W E King 2023-02-14

Boston BZ423

s/n
 BZ423

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-26 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Norman Henderson 2021-04-09

Boston BZ478

s/n
 BZ478

Known Squadron Assignments: ;3

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-August-03 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class James Brown 2023-07-19

Boston BZ481

s/n
 BZ481

Known Squadron Assignments: ;88

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-December-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William John Byrne 2023-08-22
1944-December-24 KIA RCAF Sergeant Manley Morton Cummins 2024-05-29
1944-December-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Patrick Clifford Doherty 2023-08-22

Boston BZ490

s/n
 BZ490

Known Squadron Assignments: ;114

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Herbert Lloyd Dowland 2023-07-21

Boston BZ499

s/n
 BZ499

Known Squadron Assignments: ;114

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Alva James Martin 2021-08-15

Boston BZ592

s/n
 BZ592

Known Squadron Assignments: ;55

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-January-21 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader Ronald Henry Stringer DFC 2021-07-21

Boston BZ660

s/n
 BZ660

Known Squadron Assignments: ;3

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-February-11 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Bruce Hilary McLellan 2021-09-23

Boston W8261

s/n
 W8261

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to intruder configuration. Served with No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Left this unit on 6 August 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Roy George Dusten 2021-08-04
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Porter Shannon 2021-08-01

Boston W8262

s/n
 W8262

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to intruder configuration. With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex. Lost on 27/28 August 1942, on intruder mission to Montdidier. 3 crew KIA. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Ronald James Blenkarn 2023-08-24
1942-August-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Cecil Colter 2024-03-23

Boston W8264

s/n
 W8264

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to intruder configuration. With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex. Lost on 1/2 August 1942, on intruder mission to Rouen. 3 crew KIA. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-02 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ronald Garland Blamires 2023-09-12
1942-August-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Hamilton Earle Prime 2023-09-12

Boston W8268

s/n
 W8268

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to intruder configuration. Used by No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, coded "TH*O". Named "Ottawa". Photo in "Canadian Squadrons and Aircraft". Lost on 19/20 May 1942, on night intruder mission to Soesterberg. 3 crew KIA. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Dennis Duxfield 2021-08-04
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Merlyn Riches 2021-08-09

Boston W8292

s/n
 W8292

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to intruder configuration. With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Crashed northeast of Southminster, UK on 2 January 1943. Pilot Pilot Officer J.J. Field killed. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-02 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John James Alfred Field 2021-08-06

Boston W8298

s/n
 W8298

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to intruder configuration. With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex. One of first two Bostons to this unit, arriving on 22 November 1941. Lost on raid on Dieppe on 19 August 1942, during Operation Jubilee. Shot down by Fw 190s. One crew KIA, 1 crew rescued, and 1 POW. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Paul Clark McGillicuddy 2021-04-17

Boston W8304

s/n
 W8304

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to intruder configuration. With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex from 30 November 1941. Lost on night mission to Gilze-Rijen, Holland on 9/10 July 1942. Believed lost at sea. 3 crew KIA. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frederick Bradley 2023-08-28
1942-July-10 KIA RAF Sergeant Anthony Stewart Douglas 2024-01-18
1942-July-10 KIA RCAF Sergeant Elric Cameron Latter Jones 2021-08-11

Boston W8318

s/n
 W8318

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex. Lost on 17/18 May 1942 on mission to Leeuwarden. 3 crew KIA, pilot POW. Some research suggests the aircraft was struck by flak over Germany and then crashed at Akkerwoude, 15 kilometres to the north-east of Leeuwarden. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-18 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Falconer Young 2021-05-29

Boston W8325

s/n
 W8325

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Lost on 9 April 1943, on mission to Melun, 3 crew KIA. Collided with Dornier Do217E-4 "U5+TW", from I/KG2 at St. Andre airfield, both aircraft came down on edge of airfield and were destroyed by fire. At least 3 fatalities on German aircraft as well. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Henry Douglas Baker 2024-03-14
1943-April-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald James McKay 2024-03-14

Boston W8326

s/n
 W8326

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex. Lost on 31 July 1942, during raid on Leeuwarden. 3 crew KIA. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-31 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Mitchell George Abey 2021-08-21
1942-July-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Clarence Oswald O'Brien 2021-08-17
1942-July-31 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Samuel Patterson 2021-08-18

Boston W8331

s/n
 W8331

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex. Lost on raid on Melun and Bretigny on 17 September 1942. Ditched off Essex, 3 crew KIA. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-17 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Charles Gordon Tassie McGregor 2021-08-17
1942-September-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Arthur Thomas Persian 2021-08-16
1942-September-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Edwin Stuart 2021-07-21

Boston W8333

s/n
 W8333

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Took part in this unit's first operation on 27 March 1942, bombing oil refinery and tanks near Ertvelde, Belgium. Crashed near Great Sampford Aerodrome during night flying test on 1 April 1942. 2 RCAF and one RAF fatalities from crew of 3. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-01 KIA RCAF Sergeant Melvyn Hamilton Brandon 2021-07-28
1942-April-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edward Albert Owen 2021-08-18

Boston W8335

s/n
 W8335

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Crashed during training flight on 24 February 1942, first aircraft lost by this unit. 2 fatalities. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-February-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Kreut 2021-08-12
1942-February-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Francis Charles O'Connor 2021-08-17

Boston W8340

s/n
 W8340

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to intruder configuration. Used by No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Took part in this unit's first operation on 27 March 1942, bombing oil refinery and tanks near Ertvelde, Belgium. Destroyed on 3 May 1942, when it crashed as a result of undercarriage failure on take off from West Malling, UK. Bomb load exploded. 3 crew and 1 bystander killed. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-03 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Horace William Biggs MiD 2021-10-06
1942-May-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Emerson Fallis 2022-08-06
1942-May-03 KIA RAFVR Pilot Officer Harold Herbert Whitfield 2021-10-06
1942-May-03 KIA RCAF Sergeant Robert Earle Williams 2021-10-07

Boston W8342

s/n
 W8342

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Failed to return from mission on 18 November 1942. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-18 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader Lawrence Hughes Wilkinson 2021-05-31

Boston W8350

s/n
 W8350

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex, coded "TH*R". One of the first two Bostons to this unit, arriving on 22 November 1941. Lost on night mission to Bretigny on 16/17 August 1942. 2 crew KIA, one POW. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-17 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Harold Firth 2022-03-09
1942-August-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John William Hutchison 2022-03-09
1942-August-17 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Vincent Wallace "Wally" McCabe 2022-03-11

Boston W8355

s/n
 W8355

Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-12 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Thomas Joseph Delaney 2023-09-27

Boston W8358

s/n
 W8358

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex from 6 December 1941, coded "TH*R". Lost on night mission to Creil on 7/8 November 1942. 2 crew KIA, one POW. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-08 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Alfred Charles Bist 2023-10-19
1942-November-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Lyle Buchanan 2024-02-06
1942-November-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Raymond Hamilton Foote 2024-02-06

Boston W8359

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Crashed 6 October 1942, 2 fatalities. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Marshall Poupore 2021-08-12
1942-October-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Frederick William Turvey 2021-07-14

Boston W8367

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;18

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Dean 2022-02-02

Boston W8380

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 W8380

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Lost when it struck a tree during low level training flight on 8 February 1943. Crashed one mile NW of Vington Hall, UK. 3 crew killed. Unconfirmed report of a 4th person, an LAC mechanic onboard for an unapproved flight, also being killed. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-08 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Basil Kapusta 2021-08-11

Boston W8394

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, at Bradwell Bay, Essex. Lost on night mission to Schipol on 23/24 June 1942. 3 crew KIA. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Duncan Alexander Carmichael 2024-01-05
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ernest Quarrier Findlay 2023-09-12
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Wallace Robertson 2023-09-12

Boston Z2165

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to Intruder version. With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, from 27 November 1941, coded "TH*X". Took part in this unit's first operation, bombing mission over Belgium on 26 March 1942. Lost on intruder and leaflet mission to Thourout and Roulers/Roeselare on 29 November 1942. 3 crew killed. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-30 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Joseph Graham Chabot 2024-01-23
1942-November-30 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Merton Ralph Lockwood 2022-01-06

Boston Z2186

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

Converted to Intruder version. With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Lost on training mission on 17 October 1942. 2 killed, pilot survived. Crashed in Carnedd Dafydd in the Carneddau whilst on a cross country navigation training flight from Bradwell Bay in Essex. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harold Francis Lawrence Longworth 2021-03-23

Boston Z2194

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-27 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Gordon Samuel Gay Black 2023-10-19

Boston Z2205

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;18

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Earl Kenneth Campbell 2023-12-11

Boston Z2210

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 Z2210

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF. Lost on night mission to Gilze Reijen airfield on 12 / 13 April 1942. 3 crew POW. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-13 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Brian Forsyth Filliter 2021-02-12
1942-April-13 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Edwin Corydon Pringle 2023-08-03

Boston Z2226

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;18

Used by No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, coded "TH*K". Had completed 29 sorties by 6 May 1943. Left this unit on 7 May 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Donald Ernest Gibbon 2021-09-21

Boston Z2240

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 Z2240

Known Squadron Assignments: ;418

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, coded "TH*T". Lost on night mission to Gilze Reijen airfield on 27 / 28 April 1942. 2 crew killed, one POW. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-28 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Richard John W Askwith 2021-07-08
1942-April-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gordon James Hardy 2021-08-09

Boston Z2249

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Known Squadron Assignments: ;226

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-27 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Albert Keech 2021-03-10

Boston Z2252

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 Z2252

Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-06 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John William Beck 2023-08-15

Boston Z2253

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 Z2253

Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Neil Seymour Hunter Phillips 2023-08-26

Boston Z2266

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 Z2266

Known Squadron Assignments: ;226

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-06 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James Lester Fletcher 2021-08-06

Boston Z2269

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 Z2269

Known Squadron Assignments: ;107

With No. 418 (I) Squadron, RCAF, coded "TH*C". last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Kenneth Elwood Stilborn 2021-07-22

Boston Z2281

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 Z2281

Known Squadron Assignments: ;114

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Russell Bowyer Foster 2023-08-06

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